Board, staff ink new deal

The Rainy River District School Board and its educational support staff ratified a new contract, in effect from Sept. 1, 2001 to Aug. 31, 2003, during the in-camera session of its regular meeting here Tuesday night.
The two-year deal provides a total salary increase of five percent–1.5 percent as of Sept. 1, 2001, 1.5 percent as of Feb. 1, 2002, and two percent as of Sept. 1, 2002–for all educational support personnel in board schools.
The agreement accounts for a three percent expenditure in the board’s budget.
The contract also includes a change in the entitlement to float holidays for educational support personnel, which includes educational assistants, communications assistants, library technicians, and library assistants.
Employees with 100 or more sick days will be granted an additional float holiday. This change aligns this employee group with other groups under the board in the provision of float holidays to sick day credits.
“This agreement is the result of positive bargaining between the board and the union,” said trustee Ron McAlister, who was part of the negotiating team.
“The goal of high-quality education for all district students continues to remain a key priority for the next school year,” he added.
“We are pleased that all employee groups are under current contracts, and look forward to a successful school year for all students, staff, and parents,” echoed Education Director Warren Hoshizaki.